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Kindle or similar - info please.

OH has a Birthday coming up and would like a electronic reader.


She understands that 'books' for Kindles can only be ordered from Amazon. Is this correct, as she does not want to be restricted.


She only wants a 'Reader' and does not need internet capability on it.



What other similar devices are around?


Do other makes have a choice of book suppliers? If so which devices and which suppliers?


All help appreciated as it is not my field.


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Eurajohn got me into Kindles Geoff, he kindly gave me a simple early one which I passed on to Barfy, I now have a Paperwhite just a reader nothing more, it does go online to download the books of course, I love its simplicity, battery life is fantastic, weeks between charges, and no Amazon is not your only source of books, Goolge E-Books to see other sources.
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Is he allowed to call Basis his OH ? Is it legal?


Everything Kev said regarding the Kindle, have to have internet access to download of course.
As I have the Kindle fire I don't know how the white paper works regards down loading from other e-book suppliers.

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You can load books, pdfs etc from sources other than Amazon, we have several versions of kindles and have done it, see link.

https://www.quora.com/Can-I-put-book...-Amazon-Kindle

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I have the kindle Paperwhite which I find very comfortable to read, inside and outside.

However, I think I've mentioned here before, I had awful issues with the blooming thing rebooting whenever it felt like it - like having the newspaper or book ripped out of your hands when you're in the middle of a sentence. Other times it would freeze n I would have to manually reboot.

I had quite a bit of interaction with amazon help team - and they are very helpful - but in the end it was a case of having to buy another. That was Jan/Feb time.

And blow me, the new one is doing the same thing. I don't know if it's some incompatibility between the Paperwhite and the Guardian subscription, which is what I use it for mostly.

I shall have to be in touch with amazon again - it's not on to spend over £100 to be no better off.
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The basic paperwhite is reliable, later models got a bit too clever for the OS I think, I bought a fire 8 recently, I didn't rate it very well, got a refund luckily.

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We both use the Sony EReader which we have had for a number of years, never let us down and you can load EPub files from anywhere and if you have Calibre then you can convert other file types to EPub.
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How's that for reading in sunshine? I rind my tablet hard to read outside but the Paperwhite is just like a book. I'm asking cos I might go down that route.

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I have an original Kindle reader which I've had for ages - over the years I've updated to a Fire 7" and recently a Fire 8" (now trying to persuade Mrs B to use the 7 so that we don't need to lug dozens of books with us when we go on holiday as I now have many hundreds of ebooks). Note that all the books can also be read on a laptop, tablet or smartphone by downloading the app.

The Fires are great as tablets and also for reading in bed as they don't need a light; however they are almost useless for reading outdoors in bright sunlight, so my old faithful Kindle still gives sterling service by the pool.

So my advice for the uses you envisage, Geoff, would be to go for one of the current range of Kindle/Paperwhite/Oasis models rather than a Fire

Most of the books I have were either free or 99p mainly from Amazon. As a member of Prime I can also 'borrow' an ebook a month for free. Since amassing this collection, which includes many of my favourite classic authors' complete works (most of which were free), we have been able to clear out dozens of bookshelves at home, to the benefit of several local charity shops.

jiwawa, is there an on/off slider switch on the bottom of your device? There is on my original Kindle and I found it sometimes turned itself off for no apparent reason. I eventually worked out that the slider switch was catching on my belt buckle!

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Thanks. Useful advice.


What is this 'Prime' of which you speak?


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